God loves us. It's so simple to say and so hard to really believe. And because God loves us he sent his son Jesus to be with us. Everything Jesus did was good and done on our behalf. He told of the good news of the kingdom to any who would listen. He ate with sinners; spoke with the unclean. Healed sick people and raised dead people. He cast out demons and calmed storms. He fed people with food and with word. He gave hope and comfort. He proclaimed a year of favor from the Lord and he lived it out.
Returning again to Luke 4:18-19 where Jesus is quoting from Isaiah 61:1-2, the last part is "to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor". He was proclaiming the inauguration of the Kingdom of God on earth through his own presence. He was declaring a time of jubilee when all debts are cancelled, all slaves are freed, and all property returned to the original owners. It was a time of the equalization of people. Those who had fallen down the socioeconomic ladder were raised back up.
For reflection: In the Kingdom of God on earth there would not be such disparities between the rich and the poor, the haves and the have-nots. What am I doing to bring about this aspect of the Kingdom of God on earth?
Let us pray. Jesus, you have a grand vision for the kingdom. It is hard even to imagine how to achieve equality among peoples in one country, much less around the world. What can I do? Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread.
I started this website and blog on May 1, 2012. I am a Catholic who has been in ministry for many years. I first developed what I would call a close relationship with Jesus in the early 1970s. Ever since then I have been praying with people for healing and other needs. It is because I have seen so many of these prayers answered that I am so bold as to offer to pray for you individually through this website and phone line.